Veritas 008 - The Lost Abbey
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3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured into a tulip. Had an incredibly trying time pulling the damn cork out.
2.00 A: Hazy yellow brown color. Lots of carbonation which makes several fingers of white backwater foam. It falls quickly and leaves just a few wisps of lacing.
4.00 S: Big herbalness and meadow funk. Chamomile, mint, peaches, lemon. Acetic sourness. Hay, wildflowers, and dry woodiness to round things out. Smells pretty good actually.
3.50 T: The taste isn't bad, but it's not as good as the nose. It's surprisingly tannic and astringent which somewhat masks what would be a huge herbalness. Again chamomile, mint with white tea and maybe some jasmine. Hay, wildflowers, funky woodiness. Lactic and acetic are about equivalent. Much better than I was expecting
3.50 M: Lighter medium body. Surprisingly moderate carbonation. Astringent aftertaste, but not too distracting.
3.50 D: I was expecting this to be ass, but I suppose time has done this well. Seems like LA should have stuck this in the basement and made it Veritas 14 when the time came.
08-18-2014 00:53:57 | More by DavoleBomb
4.29/5 rDev +13.5%
750ml bottle, generously shared by ahalloin, thanks dude!
A- Pours a hazy golden color, produces a thin white head that recedes to a wisp.
S- Smells absolutely delicious. The aroma is dominated by a really complex, interesting herbal aroma, with tea and spice, a pretty prominent lactic acidity, barnyard sourness, stone fruit and oak. Awesome.
T- The taste is considerably toned down compared to the aroma, which is too bad, but it's still pretty good. Loads of lactic tartness out of the gate, some stone fruit and slightly sweet grain, finishes with a some bitter herbal and subtle tea flavors.
M- Medium-bodied, very dry with lots of carbonation.
O- A very nice beer, deserves high marks for the aroma alone, which I could happily smell all day. The vitamin/medicine/off aromas and flavors that others have complained of were completely absent here, perhaps some bottle variation or age issues are causing some of the huge scoring variations on this one. I probably wouldn't give up the ammo needed to land this, but I thought this was very tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.
04-14-2013 06:29:51 | More by WillCarrera
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
Cork popped enthusiastically. Pours a straw yellow with big white head. Slightly cloudy. Tight head and lacing make for a nice looking beer.
The smell is fairly complex with dominant lactic sourness, barnyard funk and damp hay. Slight tea seems more subdued than previous reviews.
The taste is dominated by a strong satisfying tartness. Strong herbal bitterness on the back end. Lots of acidity but balanced very well.
Very high carbonation contributes to great effervescence.
Overall I'd venture to say this is highly underrated. Strong tartness and dryness make it very drinkable.
04-13-2013 01:30:14 | More by ahalloin
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +19%
bottle shared thanks to ahalloin, thanks Tony.
The look is nice, it has a really hazy look with a nearly fresh squeezed OJ look. small amount of white head.
the smell is complex, it has an overall tart lactic note to it, but with the calming herbal tea hitting at the end of the aroma as well, with some light skinned fruit and touch of sweetness in the middle. i get some peach like aromas. very nice.
This beer tastes really nice, some great tartness, citrus and peach fruit notes and then some of the herb tea at the end, it actually tastes really nice and works very well. overall a very nice sour that seems very calming as well with the tea additions.
Feel is good, nice carbonation and medium smooth feel, it rolls over nice on the palate. A very interesting, unique and underrated beer.
04-13-2013 01:24:37 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.4/5 rDev +16.4%
Thanks, Matt/CJ! I loved this.
Hazy light yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this was the best-looking beer of the night. The nose is bright, and fruity with a blend of mango, citrus and stone fruit. The black tea lends a moderate flavor and some bitterness, but the blend is excellent. Very fruity (I've underlined very in my notes) with ripe, fleshy, pulpy oranges. A little vanilla is noticeable too.
The palate is over-carbonated, but otherwise, very tasty. Black tea notes up front with bright citrus make for a refreshing beer. This is a brilliant riff on a witbier - bright, fruity, spicy and unique with the citrus notes lending an exceptional structure on which the flavors are layered. Sourness is light, mildly lactic. Exceptional structure and balance here, this beer is very refreshing and comes with high recommendations, despite the poor scores.
Fans of the Zwanze 2010 should check this out. IMO, this beer stays true to the Veritas lineup in being experimental, and actually nicely done.
07-02-2012 20:49:00 | More by DefenCorps
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
Part of the massive Lost Abbey tasting.
Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is incredibly unique - has an interesting mix of spices and tea plus some oak and barrel funk. Flavor is also rather interesting - it's got a great blend of spices (that I can't quite put my finger on), lemon zest and tea along alongside a mildly sour/funky wheat beer. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. Overall, this is an excellent beer that I believe is criminally underrated just because it's very different from the other Veritas beers. It's damn good and an excellent experience.
07-01-2012 23:55:36 | More by starrdogg
Veritas 008 from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.